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Adam Scotus
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(Adam of Dryburgh; 1127/40 – 1212) was abbot-coadjutor in Dryburgh (OPraem) from 1184. In 1188/89, he moved to the Carthusian monastery in Witham, where, like other representatives of the reform orders of his time, he considered life as a hermit to be the highest form of religious life. In his writings, which were primarily devoted to questions of monastic life, contemplation, and asceticism, there is evidence of deep familiarity with the Bible and tradition (esp. Augustine), as well as the influence of the Victorines.


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Ehrenschwendtner, Marie-Louise, “Adam Scotus”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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